Today we’d like to introduce you to Sondra Funk.
Sondra, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
For many years now, I have had various people in my life tell me that I should either be a therapist or a life coach, as I was always that friend everyone came to for advice and to be heard. While I always took this as a compliment, I never saw that as a reality for me. You see, I have a masters of science in occupational therapy (MSOT) and while I certainly counsel and coach people as an OT, I never really thought of pursuing any additional certifications until I met one particular patient. I was seeing this patient in our outpatient therapy clinic to address his concussion symptoms and management of his daily routine, workload, and life stress. Every week, he would show up to see me and say, “Sondra, I want you to be my life coach! Seriously, I would pay you for it!” I would always respond, “That’s incredibly kind of you, but I am not a life coach.” Week after week, I heard this from him and then one day I got a flyer in the mail from the Catalyst Coaching Institute based out of Denver that is run by a couple who are both therapists (an occupational therapist and a physical therapist). When I did some more research and discovered that their program was based on motivational interviewing, the most well researched and evidence backed method to help facilitate behavioral changes, I was hooked. I just knew this was the right thing for me! I completed my work with the Catalyst Coaching Institute to become a certified wellness coach in April 2018. I hired a logo designer, I created my own website, and I started coaching! While my OT profession remains my primary job, being a coach is incredibly rewarding. It is my passion to help people THRIVE instead of just survive. I deeply care about people and want to empower others to live an ELEVATED LIFE – and to help them clarify exactly what that means for them.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not always been a smooth road because there is a lot of skepticism around the world of coaching. What is a wellness coach? What is a life coach? What qualifies you to become one? How do you get clients? What do you charge? How do help your clients achieve their desired outcome or achieve their goals? For me, there has been a steep learning curve with learning how to run my own business, how to market online, how to make sales, how to grow my business. This is precisely why I decided to invest in business coaching in 2019 with the Upspeak Collective. Every month I am part of a small group coaching call online where we tackle different topics and aspects of being a small business owner. I am incredibly happy with the growth I am seeing so far and the confidence I am gaining in learning new skills to more effectively and efficiently run my business. Confidence is a learned skill and it grows when you decide to tackle learning new things. You start to truly believe that you are capable and that you can successfully grow and evolve into this new role as an entrepreneur.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Elevated Living story. Tell us more about it.
Elevated Living was created out of a desire to help others live a life that genuinely inspires them, brings them deep joy, and teaches them how to tap into their own inner wisdom to guide them in all their decisions. The ultimate goal of Elevated Living is for every client I work with to walk away from our work together with more clarity about what it is they TRULY want out of life and to feel empowered to go after that! Many past clients have said that they feel I am a very good listener and that I am very compassionate. My clients feel heard and held when they work with me. More practically speaking, my clients also have said that I am excellent at helping them refocus, prioritize, and implement practical solutions to move them closer to their ideal life (an ‘Elevated Life’, if you will). I think what truly sets me apart from others is that I am an empath to my core and I deeply care about people. I am very intuitive, which allows me to understand what my clients are saying to me on a much deeper level. It’s almost as if I can also hear what they are NOT saying to me. This really helps me tune into them and really understand who they are and what it is they deeply desire in their life. The bottom line is that if someone chooses to invest their time and money into working with me as their coach, I invest in them 110%. It is an honor and a privilege to be in a relationship with my clients and to be on their journey of self-discovery alongside them.
Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
Stay open. It is so important to allow yourself to grow and evolve. Very likely your career path will take turns and detours you never expected or imagined, but not only is that okay, but it’s actually a beautiful thing! I encourage you to continue to come back to your core values and checking in with yourself frequently. “Is this moving me closer to living the life I want to live and being the person I want to be?” Sometimes, we get distracted by ‘shiny objects’ or big salaries or bonuses – but if those offers and those jobs do not align with who we ARE, at our core, then we will be miserable. I believe our career is merely an opportunity to share our gifts with the world. Know what your gifts are, be brave and share them and don’t settle for less – even if the paycheck is more.
- Right now my ‘One Month Climb’ coaching package is on sale for $299, normally $375! This is my most popular coaching package for new clients and it’s packed with content and tools that you will have for life!
- My ‘Six Month Trek’ coaching package is also on sale right now for $489, normally $550. This is the perfect package for someone working on a big goal or who needs long term accountability with implementing any changes in their life.
- All other coaching packages can be explored in the Elevated Living Store at: https://www.elevatedlivingcoaching.com/coaching-packages.
- Website: www.elevatedlivingcoaching.com
- Email: SondraFunk@ElevatedLivingCoaching.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/ElevatedLivingCoach
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElevatedLivingCoaching/
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